News ID: 314792
Published: 0210 GMT July 14, 2021

Iran can produce 90% enriched uranium if required: Rouhani

Iran can produce 90% enriched uranium if required: Rouhani
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani addresses a cabinet meeting in Tehran on July 14, 2021.

President Hassan Rouhani said the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) has developed such great capabilities in its peaceful use of nuclear technology that it can begin uranium enrichment to a purity level of 90 percent if a reactor requires that type of fuel.

Speaking at a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Rouhani hailed his administrations success in maintaining and strengthening the domestic nuclear industrys capabilities, Tasnim News Agency reported.

The AEOI has proved that it can produce uranium enriched to 20 and 60 percent purity levels, the president noted.

Even if a reactor needs 90 percent [enriched uranium] one day, well have no problem and can [produce it],” he noted.

Iran has demonstrated that it can do anything in the course of its peaceful use of nuclear technology, Rouhani added.

He also said his administrations success in striking the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with the P5+1 in July 2015, having the sanctions lifted, and increasing the countrys oil exports reveals that it is possible to resolve the major and complicated problems between Iran and the other countries or international organizations through dialogue and constructive interactions.

The president added his administration has handled the bulk of the job in the negotiations on the JCPOA revival and the termination of the US unilateral sanctions, noting that the ground is prepared for the next administration to complete the task.

In comments in late June, Iranian government spokesman Ali Rabiei said the administration of President-elect Ebrahim Raeisi will handle the negotiations on the restoration of the nuclear deal if Tehrans desirable demands are not met by the end of the outgoing administrations term in office (August 3).

Raeisi, Irans former Judiciary chief, won the June 18 presidential election by a landslide to become the countrys eighth president.

In a press conference after winning the election, Raeisi took a swipe at the US and the European states for, respectively, violating the JCPOA and failing to honor their commitments under the nuclear deal.

The latest round of talks to revive the JCPOA began in Vienna on April 6 between Iran and the remaining signatories to the nuclear deal, namely the UK, France, Russia, China and Germany.

The US left the JCPOA in 2018 and reimposed on Iran the economic sanctions that had been lifted after the deal went into effect in 2016. Tehran retaliated with remedial nuclear measures that it is entitled to take under the JCPOAs Paragraph 36.

The current negotiations examine the potential of revitalization of the nuclear deal and the US likely return to it.



Resource: Tasnim News Agency
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